Could Piracy Be Good For You?

When music industry revenues collapsed after the introduction of MP3s, many writers became worried. While musicians have been able to find alternative income streams – including touring and merchandise – writers generally have one: their stories. Not even Stephen King or J.K. Rowling would fill a stadium for a reading, and most mid-list authors and new writers are lucky if there is a decent turn-out for a free bookstore appearance. In my last post on piracy, I covered how the measures the publishing industry has undertaken to combat piracy have only served to alienate their paying customers, but today I want to look at piracy from a different perspective: its benefits. While I don’t condone piracy, I think it’s an Read More…

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Tomorrow we will resume our continuing series on Indie Publishing for International Writers, but first I want to talk about something we are going to be hearing a lot more about in the next twelve months. Pirates! One of the reasons the publishing industry has been slow to embrace e-books is their fear of piracy.  They see what happened to the music industry, and they are scared.  And they know that e-books can be disseminated a lot easier too.  A typical MP3 will be around 5MB and with a good connection you can download it in a minute or so.